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Job Master, as he was known popularly, became famous for his composition for the song `Alliyambal kadavilannu...' for the 1964-film `Rosy'.
He had his training in Carnatic music under S.M. Rajagopala Bhagavathar, Sangeetabhooshanam V.K. Raghavan Menon and M. R. Sivaraman Nair and in Hindustani music under Jitendra Prathap. He started his career as a music director in theatre. As a member of the Azad Art Club, Mr. Job had worked with theatre personalities like C.O. Anto, P.J. Antony and M.K. Arjunan and composed music for about 100 plays like `Ottakam Soojikuzhayil', `Mathrubhoomi', `Adaminte Santatikal', `Bharatam Vilikkunnu' and `Padakuthira'.
He made his debut in film music in 1964, with the film `Oral Koodi Kallanayi'. He had composed music for about 10 films in his career, that include `Pengal' (1968), `Ballatha Pahayan' (1969) and `Periyar' (1973). The second film had 11 songs, all penned by Sreekumaran Thampi, featuring almost all leading singers in Malayalam. He has also composed music for a Tamil film, `Chandranil Manitan', that featured M.G. Ramachandran.
After parting ways with the film world, he composed devotional music. He was worked as a teacher of music with the Cochin Arts and Communication (CAC) till 1994.
He is survived by wife, Gracy and sons, Aji and Jaison. The body was laid to rest at Pius the Tenth Church, Kalamassery. Former Archbishop, Cornelius Ilanjikkal officiated.
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